Victor Hedman is likely to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 NHL Global Series against the Buffalo Sabres at Ericsson Globe on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV).
"We'll see how it goes, but very hopeful," the defenseman said after practice on Thursday.
Hedman, who has not played since leaving the Lightning's game against the New York Rangers on Oct. 29 with a lower-body injury, resumed his spot running the first power-play unit at practice.
"I told you if he was going to be on the power play today in practice, that'd be a good sign. He was," coach John Cooper said. "I can't speak for Victor, [but] I'm hopeful he'll be in tomorrow."
Hedman's teammates are also hopeful he returns.